I believe it is very important to know how to safely and responsibly shoot a gun. Just knowing how to shoot one can give you a sense of safety, and it is a smart idea to just learn how to use one in case you ever need to. The more that I learn about different guns, the more I want to learn, and it is as simple as that.
I'm thrilled with the timing on this photo, taken the exact instant that I fired - check out the smoke and the bullet casing actually being ejected in mid-air. How cool.
Target practice is the newest addition to my collection of interests & skills, and I'm probably going to join a Shooting Range or Gun Club so that I can try out more rifles than I already have. Once you know what you are doing and you are above-all, being safe, target-practice can be quite addictive and incredibly great fun.